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Results 1–20 of 244 for speaker:Naseem Shah

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Engagements (10 Jun 2015)

Naseem Shah: As a new Member of Parliament, I am still wondering whether the Prime Minister ever actually answers a question during Question Time, but if he does, can he explain why my city of Bradford—which was “the” northern powerhouse—continues to be neglected in his regional plan?

Oral Answers to Questions — Communities and Local Government: Tunisia, and European Council (29 Jun 2015)

Naseem Shah: First, I would like to take this opportunity to agree with the sentiments of this House in condemning the barbaric attacks in Tunisia—sentiments that are shared across the country in all communities. What we need at home are strong communities, not divided communities. To this end, will the Prime Minister agree to engage in solidarity with all communities? Will he recognise that Prevent is...

Opposition Day — [5th Allotted Day]: Tax Credits (Working Families) (7 Jul 2015)

Naseem Shah: Thank you, Mr Deputy Speaker, for allowing me to speak and share my thoughts today. Maiden speeches in this Chamber are quite different and unnerving, but I will grasp this opportunity to introduce myself and my constituency to you, Mr Deputy Speaker, and to my colleagues. Being a Member of this House is an honour and privilege that we all share, but to earn the trust of people we grew up...

UN Independent Commission of Inquiry (Gaza) — [Mr Philip Hollobone in the Chair] (8 Jul 2015)

Naseem Shah: I echo the sentiments of my hon. Friend the Member for Halifax (Holly Lynch). I welcome the report, but it stops short on many points. I struggle to reconcile the Government’s position of arming Israel and breaking the EU restrictions, and of condemning the illegal settlements yet allowing free trade with the UK and EU markets. We need to achieve a peaceful and sustainable settlement. In...

Public Bill Committee: Welfare Reform and Work Bill: Clause 11 - Changes to child tax credit (13 Oct 2015)

Naseem Shah: It is a great honour to serve under your chairmanship, Mr Streeter. I might just need the time machine we heard about. I have three children, but if I was not in a job in five years’ time, after the next election, my youngest child would not qualify for a bedroom. Which one would the Minister like me to put into care?

Public Bill Committee: Welfare Reform and Work Bill: Clause 13 - Employment and support allowance: work-related activity component (13 Oct 2015)

Naseem Shah: I could reel off a list of people who have come to my constituency surgery. I am the former chair of the largest BME mental health charity in Bradford. Does the Minister agree that it is absolutely diabolical to apply sanctions after testing somebody with mental health difficulties and saying, “If you can tie your shoelaces, you’re capable of going to work”? Does she believe that the...

Public Bill Committee: Welfare Reform and Work Bill: Clause 19 - Reduction in social housing rents (15 Oct 2015)

Naseem Shah: It is great pleasure to serve under your chairmanship, Mr Owen. Will the Minister highlight whether service charges are subject to the 1% cut and explain the process for introducing rent reductions for tenants when rents changes are not usually announced until April?

Public Bill Committee: Welfare Reform and Work Bill: Clause 19 - Reduction in social housing rents (15 Oct 2015)

Naseem Shah: Is the Minister aware that the measure will disproportionately affect certain housing associations in my constituency that cater for larger families? We have had the bedroom tax, and these measures feel like an extension of that sanction, which particularly affects more vulnerable people, such as women fleeing domestic violence. The Black Women’s Support Project in Bradford will suffer; I...

Public Bill Committee: Welfare Reform and Work Bill: Clause 19 - Reduction in social housing rents (15 Oct 2015)

Naseem Shah: Will the Minister qualify his 2014 figure of £2.4 billion? Was that before the bedroom tax hit, when the housing associations lost that money, or afterwards?

Opposition Day — [7th Allotted Day]: Tax Credits (20 Oct 2015)

Naseem Shah: In my constituency, more than 31,000 children will be affected by these tax credit changes. How many more children will the Minister’s cuts push into poverty?

Oral Answers to Questions — Treasury: Tax Credits (27 Oct 2015)

Naseem Shah: If he will bring forward transitional provisions for the proposed changes to the tax credits system.

Welfare Reform and Work Bill (Programme No. 3): New Clause 1 — Repeal of Tax Credits Regulations 2015 (27 Oct 2015)

Naseem Shah: What answer do I give my constituents? They have a spring in their step because they are getting all these promotions and things the right hon. Gentleman talks about, yet 34,000 children in my constituency who are on tax credits will be thrown into poverty. Can he explain that?

Community and Voluntary Sector Funding — [Mrs Madeleine Moon in the Chair] (24 Nov 2015)

Naseem Shah: I beg to move, That this House has considered funding for the community and voluntary sector. It is a pleasure to serve under your chairmanship, Mrs Moon. I welcome the presence of the Minister, who will respond to this debate. Given the value that the charity, community and voluntary sector adds to the communities we represent and the incredible services that it provides to our constituents,...

Community and Voluntary Sector Funding — [Mrs Madeleine Moon in the Chair] (24 Nov 2015)

Naseem Shah: My hon. Friend the Member for Brent Central (Dawn Butler) makes a valid point. We are seeing that theme across the country. The £2.3 billion reduction in Government funding is interesting. It will come through a number of streams, because the third sector has a symbiotic relationship with many Government-funded organisations, not least local councils, whose budgets have been decimated by...

Community and Voluntary Sector Funding — [Mrs Madeleine Moon in the Chair] (24 Nov 2015)

Naseem Shah: I absolutely agree. I will come on to talk more about the big society—or the failure to have a big society—and what should be done. The coalition Government and this Government concretely demonstrated their commitment to tendering provisions for the VCS sector when they embraced the Public Services (Social Value) Act 2012. They have attempted—I use the term loosely—to reform public...

Community and Voluntary Sector Funding — [Mrs Madeleine Moon in the Chair] (24 Nov 2015)

Naseem Shah: I thank the hon. Gentleman for that comment. Although I agree that the third sector is doing a valuable job and is working hard, if one considers the Tory Government’s proposed £300 million-plus cuts to the Big Lottery Fund, which I will refer to later, that will put my comments in context. In communities such as my constituency of Bradford West, where more than 26% of children are already...


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